Assistant Professor (Higher Education Student Affairs)

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General Summary

The Department of Leadership and Counseling is seeking applicants for a tenure track faculty position with a specialization in student affairs to begin in August of 2021. The faculty member will be expected to maintain a focus in teaching, scholarship and service, as well as collaborate with colleagues throughout the university. The candidate will be expected to teach, work, and mentor graduate students both in a face-to-face and online environment, and engage in doctoral level work chairing and participating in dissertation committees. A commitment to working with a culturally diverse student body is required.

Our Mission and Purpose

The Leadership and Counseling Department develops caring and ethical educational leaders and professional counselors through co-constructed teaching and learning experiences, respectful service and community engagement, and intentional research and inquiry to promote equity. We prepare courageous leaders and mental health practitioners to assume prominent roles in effecting positive change in clients, students, families, and communities in local and global contexts.

Eastern Michigan University is one of the largest producers of professional educators in the United States. We are located in Ypsilanti, adjacent to Ann Arbor and 45 minutes from downtown Detroit. The Educational Leadership Program within the Department of Leadership and Counseling offers a master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in educational leadership, as well as an undergraduate LEADership minor. These programs are primarily designed to prepare practitioners for leadership roles in P-12 and higher education/student affairs.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Position Description

The Higher Education and Student Affairs Program (HESA) program has a strong regional/national reputation and history dating back to 1967. We prepare higher education and student affairs practitioners with a strong focus on knowledge, skills, and dispositions, acquired through administrative/internship experiences designed to support a generation of leaders in the field. The program is guided by CAS standards as a framework to prepare future student affairs professionals with a passion for fostering student success and development. The program offers a flexible course schedule including several delivery formats (evenings, weekend, hybrid, and online). The faculty value excellence and innovation.

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between EMU and the EMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.Qualifications

Required qualifications include:

  • an earned doctorate in higher education, educational leadership, or closely related field by August 2021
  • prior professional experiences working and leading student affairs/higher education functional units
  • demonstrated excellence in teaching at the university level (face-to-face, online, evenings, weekends) with preference for graduate-level teaching experiences
  • promise and demonstrated skills to establish or continue with research agenda evidenced by publications
  • engagement in the dissemination of research through conferences, presentations, or workshops
  • interest and ability to supervise dissertation research and engage in doctoral level work
  • demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and social justice
  • strong orientation to collegiality and a collaborative approach
  • Desired qualifications:

  • Applications are encouraged from scholars with expertise and teaching interests within one or more of the following areas: student affairs, higher education, student development, policy, assessment and evaluation, higher education law, and quantitative research methodologies
  • desire or demonstrated experience in advising and mentoring graduate students
  • Strong professional identity as evidenced by participation and/or leadership in professional organizations (e.g., ASHE, ACPA & NASPA, ACUHO-I, etc)
  • experience acquiring or pursuing external funding
  • The successful candidate will serve an eight-month, tenure track appointment with summer employment contingent on student demand and funding. A competitive salary will be based on qualifications and prior experience with a tenure track appointment at the assistant professor rank. Starting date should be no later than August 29, 2021.

    Supplemental Information

    Applicants should submit the following materials for consideration: a letter of interest that clearly speaks to both required and desired qualifications of the position, detailed vitae, a statement of your teaching philosophy, a research statement, sample of recent scholarship, graduate transcripts, and names/titles/telephone numbers of at least three references.

    Application review will begin January 1, 2021. Review of applications will continue until a finalist is identified. For more information contact Dr. Raul Leon, [email protected] (Interim Academic Department Head).

    If contacted, you will be asked to present official transcripts of your highest degree earned at the time of interview.


    Multicultural experience is desired. Women and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. EMU is an equal opportunity employer. Eastern Michigan University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to diversity in its educational programs.




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    Posted: 12/3/2020
    Application Due: 4/11/2021
    Work Type: Full Time